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Old 08-26-2010, 11:19 AM
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Looking Back

Hello everyone. I am new to portraiture and here is my first attempt. It was taken from a very old black and white photograph. It is watercolor and pastel on a half sheet of arches 140 lb cp paper. I would really appreciate some critical eyes on this so I can learn from my mistakes....thanks!
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:18 PM
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Judy - I'm sure folks will be happy to give you thoughts - would you mind posting your reference if you can ? Thanks much - KEvin
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:51 PM
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Re: Looking Back

Thanks Kevin.....sure...btw I have worked more on the mouth so it looks a little better now than it does above...

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What a stunning photograph and subject! Other than figuring out the colors from your imagination ( way beyond me!) - I think just getting all of her features to support that tilt away from the viewer.. just a little bit here and there ( nose , eye, mouth and jawline).. I hope we'll see the next rev!

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Re: Looking Back

The key area seems to be under the chin as this is giving us clues as to the set of the head. I've done a quick sketch from the photo showing whats probably under all that hair so you can see how the volume of the head is turned. As Kevin said a gorgeous photo, should make a fine painting.

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Old 08-28-2010, 09:17 AM
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Re: Looking Back

As treeshark has said, the problem area is under the chin. Look at the black and white photo and see the value change there? It's quite dark and in fact, the darkest area of the head.

Also, the lips. The only thing that defines the lower lip is that shadow crease under the lip. Keep in mind that the eye and the lips slant upwards and that will give you the proper slant of the head (along with the under chin shadow).

I frequently paint from old b/w photos and it is a challenge but also good experience to work on values and hues.

Don't give up on this just yet! Looking good. Beautiful photo!
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